O Lord Jesus Christ, open Thou the
eyes of my heart, that I may hear Thy word and understand and do Thy will, for I
am a sojourner upon the earth. Hide not Thy commandments from me, but open mine
eyes, that I may receive the wonders of Thy law. Speak unto me the hidden and
secret things of Thy wisdom. On Thee do I set my hope, O my God, that Thou
shalt enlighten my mind and understanding with the light of Thy knowledge, not
only to cherish those things which are written, but to do them; that in reading
the lives and sayings of the saints I may not sin, but that such may serve for
my restoration, enlightenment and sanctification, for the salvation of my soul,
and the inheritance of life everlasting. For Thou art the enlightenment of
those who lie in darkness, and from Thee cometh every good deed and every gift.
Amen Saint John
Chrysostom**The Reading is from
Epistle of Saint Paul to the :
King James Version (KJV 1611)
through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises,
stopped the mouths of lions.
the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made
strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the
received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not
accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and
were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword:
they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted,
whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and
in dens and caves of the earth.
these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the
having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be
seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us
lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us
run with patience the race that is set before us,
unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set
before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right
hand of the throne of God.
The Holy Gospel
Saint Matthew 10:32-33; 37-38;
Version (KJV 1611)
answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from My Father; for which of
those works do ye stone Me?
Jews answered Him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy;
and because that Thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
I do not the works of My Father, believe Me not.
if I do, though ye believe not Me, believe the works: that ye may know, and
believe, that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.
saith He to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple
took her unto his own home.
this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture
might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar,
and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth.
Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed
His head, and gave up the